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Apr 2, 2019
5 most popular biz books from the week of March 25 to 31
Munro’s Books

Best-selling business titles provided by Munro’s Books, 1108 Government Street, Victoria, B.C.

Apr 2, 2019
Property Watch: Will the federal government throw the housing market a lifeline?
Steve Saretsky

Following a barrage of criticism and growing angst within the real estate industry, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) assistant superintendent Carolyn Rogers faced the noise in a recent speech to the Economic Club of Canada. Rogers reminded the...

Apr 1, 2019
This teacher runs a popular movie-making camp for kids in the off-season
Nathan Caddell

It’s easy to believe Levente Mihalik when he says he loves kids. When we reach him, the East Vancouver native is at the hospital, having just witnessed the birth of his first child, a daughter. He also spends nearly every waking moment surrounded by young folks. Mihalik taught robotics at Gladstone Secondary before his recent parental leave, and since he was a teenager he’s devoted every summer (and many Saturdays) to running moviemaking camps for children aged five to 18...

Apr 1, 2019
His company is one of the leading installers of electric vehicle charging stations in the Lower Mainland
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Some people contemplate for years about what they’ll do after high school. The day he graduated, Taylor Ross got a call from a family friend who owned an electrical company. He started work the following Monday. The Pemberton native...

Apr 1, 2019
His cellphone repair business is fighting off imitators and fake reviews
Nathan Caddell

You know how it goes. Guy meets girl while studying abroad, falls in love, follows her back to her hometown of London, England, and…well, that’s where this takes a turn. Alex Dechant moved from Lethbridge, Alberta, to the U.K., and when he couldn’t get a job on a two-year visa, he started a company called Apple Tree that fixed iPhones and other Apple products.

Apr 1, 2019
Her production company is bringing a different approach to the film industry
Nathan Caddell

Shelby Manton doesn’t have a background in film, at least in the traditional sense. But the U Vic commerce graduate did have experience chasing her older brother, Geoff Manton, around White Rock with a camera, filming anything they could find.

Apr 1, 2019
He analyzes online marketing data to guide clients' business strategy
Felicity Stone

A month and a half after enrolling at UBC on a football scholarship in 2008 with plans to go to law school, Charlie Grinnell injured his back in a car accident. The West Vancouver native dropped out of school and began making action sports videos that ended up online.

Apr 1, 2019
She helps students take action on energy issues
Felicity Stone

After going to Argentina as an exchange student at 18, Nevada native Meredith Adler realized she wanted to work internationally. That brought her to B.C., where a BA in human geography at UBC led to an interest in energy issues and ultimately a communications assistant position at Vancouver-based think tank Clean Energy Canada.

Apr 1, 2019
Customers are lined up waiting to purchase her automated garden
Nathan Caddell

Everyone and their sister wants what Valerie Song is cooking, and she has no problem making them wait so the product is as good as it can be. Since Song drew up the designs for AVA (Automated Vertical Agriculture) Technologies’ flagship invention, the AVA Byte, in 2016, the attention has been non-stop.

Apr 1, 2019
Her Railtown jewelry line is sold worldwide
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: The name inspires curiosity, and so does its creator. Fiona Morrison was a second-year student at UVic’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business when she learned how to wire-wrap crystals from YouTube. She started selling her creations to friends...

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